CS Northridge vs. Long Beach State - 1/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Long Beach State 49ers (6-9) at CS Northridge Matadors (5-9)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 10:00 pm (The Matadome)
The Line: CS Northridge Matadors +5 -- Over/Under: 154 See the Latest Odds
The Cal State Northridge Matadors and the Long Beach State 49ers face off on Wednesday in college basketball action.
The CSU Northridge Matadors are 5-9 this season and they are coming off of a win that ended a two game losing skid. CS Northridge is averaging 68.7 points per game and they are shooting 42.9 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 77.2 points and their opponents are shooting 44.1 percent. Kendall Smith leads the Matadors averaging 17 points per game. Michael Warren is averaging 15 points, Tavrion Dawson is averaging 12.1 points and 7.2 rebounds, and Jason Richardson is averaging 9.6 points. CS Northridge hasn’t had Smith for the bulk of their games and we will see how much of a difference he makes.
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The Long Beach State 49ers are 6-9 this season and have lost their last three games but they were to Duke, Arizona, and Oregon. LBSU is averaging 72.7 points and they are shooting 43.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 79.8 points and their opponents are shooting 47.9 percent. Nick Faust leads the 49ers averaging 15.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Travis Hammonds is averaging 10.7 points and 5.5 rebounds, A.J. Spencer is averaging 9.6 points, and Justin Bibbins is averaging 9.0 points. Long Beach State has played a tough out of conference schedule and it should serve them well against their lighter conference schedule.
Cal State Northridge is 4-1 against the spread against the Big West, 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 home games, and 0-4 against the spread following a win. Long Beach State is 6-1-2 against the spread in their last nine games, 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 2-8 agains the spread against the Big West. The home team has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
This is where LBSU’s strength of schedule comes in as on the surface this looks close but Long Beach State should have no problems here.